The Case Against Single Payer: How 'Medicare for All' Will Wreck America's Health Care System-And Its Economy

The Case Against Single Payer: How 'Medicare for All' Will Wreck America's Health Care System-And Its Economy

by Chris Jacobs


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Long thought of as an idealistic but unrealistic proposition promoted by far-left activists, single-payer health care has become a major discussion point across the political landscape. Bernie Sanders made it a central focus of his insurgent 2016 run for the Democratic presidential nomination against Hillary Clinton. House Democrats’ messaging on health care in the 2018 midterm elections, and the burgeoning campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, have elevated single-payer even further, bringing the issue to the center of American politics. Surprisingly, however, few books have examined the impact of a single-payer health care system in depth—and most of those that have done so come from a leftist perspective supporting this dramatic change. This vacuum in the current literature cries out for a work making the case against single payer—one which educates the American people about the damaging effects of this proposed health care takeover. Written for a broad audience ranging from interested citizens to leaders in the conservative movement, The Case Against Single Payer will explain the harmful implications of giving the federal government unfettered control of the health care system.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781645720027
Publisher: Republic Book Publishers
Publication date: 09/17/2019
Edition description: None
Pages: 274
Sales rank: 506,988
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Chris Jacobs, the Founder and CEO of Juniper Research Group, has spent more than 15 years studying health care on and off Capitol Hill. He has analyzed health policy and legislation for some of the leading lights of the conservative movement—including Jim DeMint, Bobby Jindal, Mike Pence, Pat Toomey, and Jeb Hensarling. While working for the House Republican Conference under then-Chairman Mike Pence, he helped lead the messaging against Obamacare in the run up to the law’s passage. After the law’s enactment, he continued his work for the Senate Republican Policy Committee, Joint Economic Committee, and Heritage Foundation. Chris serves as a Senior Contributor to The Federalist, and previously contributed to the Wall Street Journal’s Think Tank blog. He has taught classes on health care policy for the Conservative Policy Institute, and at The American University, from which he graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in Political Science and History.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v

Single-Payer Health Care by the Numbers vii

A Reading Guide to S. 1129, the Medicare for All Act ix

A Reading Guide to H.R. 1384, the Medicare for All Act xi

Introduction 1

1 If You Like Your Plan, You Can't Keep It 7

2 "Medicare for None" Will Harm Seniors 25

3 The §32 Trillion Question: How Government Spending Will Rise 44

4 How Single Payer Will Shock the Economy 68

5 The Problems with "Doctor Sam" 96

6 Single Payer's Road to Health-Care Rationing 121

7 The Pain Other Single-Payer Systems Inflict 145

8 The "Camel's Nose" Approach to Enacting Single Payer 167

9 A Better Path Forward 191

Conclusion 217

Appendix: Section-by-Section Analysis of H.R. 1384 and S. 1129, Medicare for All Act of2019 219

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